British Saanen Goat
British Saanen Goats at the Agricultural Science Unit
Capra aegagrus hircus
The British Saanen goat's coat is all white or all cream and the hair is generally short and fairly fine
Saanens are usually very docile animals and like to keep to a routine so are well-suited to machine milking. They respond quickly to affection.
British Saanens are a horned breed of goat with some being removed at birth through Disbudding.
The British Saanen is a high milk yield production goat.
History of the British Saanen Goat
Saanens derived their name from the Saanen valley in the south of Canton Berne, Switzerland.
The Saanens in the UK started with the importation of goats from Holland in 1922, and these had an enormous influence on the development of British goats.
The high elevation meant the goats had to be kept inside during the winter months but were sent to graze on the mountains in the summer
They were the largest of the Swiss breeds and were excellent milkers. Average production for a Saanen doe in 1893 was between 1,250-1,500 lbs. A 2,000 lb milker was not uncommon.
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Common Name : British Saanen Goat
Scientific Name : Capra aegagrus hircus
Type : Mammal
Diet : Herbivore
Group Name : Herd
Average Life Span in Captivity : 10 years
Size: Medium to large Goat
Weight : 65kg
A Saanen goat can produce three gallons of milk a day.